Children with Down’s Syndrome represent New York | Children who make AS great

Six San Antonio-area children with Down’s syndrome will appear on the Times Square jumbotron in New York on Saturday.

SAN ANTONIO – Nolah McBride is a person of image. If the camera clicks, it’s Nolah posing.

“You never know what you’re going to get with it,” Quinisha McBride said. “His personality is so huge.”

The toddler celebrated her third birthday on September 11. Her mother remembers the pregnancy that would change her life forever.

“I found out during my pregnancy that she had Down’s syndrome,” McBride said.

Trisomy 21 or Down syndrome is a genetic disease that causes developmental and intellectual delays. It wasn’t Nolah’s only health problem. She was also born prematurely.

“She arrived five weeks earlier. She had to spend a month in the hospital,” McBride said.

The baby had to have surgery very early for holes in his heart. After surviving this and going through the therapies associated with Down syndrome, Nolah’s life in pictures is worth a smile.

“Nolah gets a lot of attention with her photos,” McBride said.

She created an Instagram account for Nolah where followers can check out her latest mood and outfit.

Photos of the girl have also been underestimated by the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas.

“These are the superstars,” said Brian Lopez.

Lopez is the executive director of the nonprofit organization where Nolah became a model for their annual calendar fundraiser featuring San Antonio area children with Down syndrome.

“Down syndrome affects all races, all genders, all socioeconomic status,” Lopez said.

Nolah faces the Times Square jumbotron in New York City on September 18 for the National Down Syndrome Society. As part of their National Buddy Walk, they are preparing a video presentation with faces to raise awareness about Down syndrome.

“The video demonstrates the beauty of diversity and celebrates how loved ones with Down’s syndrome enrich our families and our society,” said Kandi Pickard.

Pickard, the CEO of NDSS, said they had representatives from all 50 states.

Nolah isn’t the only face of the San Antonio area. Eight-year-old Audrey Diaz will be featured. Two Cibolo children, Meagan Weiland and Andrew Puntel will be seen during the presentation. Weiland is 13 years old. Puntel is three years old. Sadie and Harlow Martinez from Helotes are also in the video. Harlow is recognized posthumously.

“It’s so exciting for some people, and we can celebrate with them,” Lopez said.

They plan to share the video on the association’s social media pages on Saturday. It gives them a much needed boost ahead of the local march in October, their biggest fundraiser.

Nolah and her mother will not make the trip to the Big Apple. They remain advocates for children and families living with Down syndrome.

“You think there are going to be all of these differences because your child was born with a disability,” McBride said. “They play like other kids, you know. They get into stuff like other kids.”

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